Lifelong Learning

Aug. 2, 2018 null



We have all had a teacher that has left a mark on our lives. A teacher that encouraged us, challenged us and believed in what we could accomplish. A teacher like Judith Lindquist.


A graduate of Roosevelt High School, Judith dedicated her life to teaching socially disadvantaged elementary students at Des Moines Public Schools. As she considered how to make a difference after her lifetime, Judith came to the Community Foundation. She worked with her attorney and the Community Foundation team to establish a legacy fund to ensure her wishes would be carried out just as she intended.


While the Greater Des Moines community lost a tremendous advocate for our children with Judith’s passing, students continue to benefit from her commitment to their success. Thanks to Judith’s legacy fund at the Community Foundation, scholarships are being awarded to students at Roosevelt and Lincoln High Schools. Judith also ensured that learning would take place outside the classroom by providing support each year from her legacy fund to six local organizations to provide underprivileged students access to arts, culture and wellness activities. “Carrying out Judith’s legacy has been the privilege of the Community Foundation,” shares Kristi Knous, Community Foundation president. “Through her career Judith impacted countless lives, but through her giving, generations of students will continue to learn and grow.”


“Judith Lindquist created the type of legacy we all hope to leave in education," shares DMPS Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ahart. "She made countless investments in the students she taught and now, thanks to the relationship Judith established with the Community Foundation, students in our district continue to benefit from her commitment to their future success.”